After the world found out about Christian Mynard and Southwestern Christian University’s heartbreaking expulsion letter, her story has taken off. It’s made headlines and brought national attention to SCU’s controversial student code of conduct.
Christian Mynard was a graduating, honor roll senior at Southwestern Christian University.
She married her longtime girlfriend and posted a picture on Facebook.
Well when she got back from her honeymoon she received a letter stating she couldn’t come back to school because of her lifestyle.
“It’s kind of been a whirlwind since we got married,” says her partner Cadyn Parks. “Just going on our honeymoon and coming back and watching pretty much her world fall.”
Christian grew up in a strong religious home so agreeing to most of the school religious standards that read similar to the bible verse Galatians 5:19 was a no brainer.
“I do have a strong faith in God and just because I’m gay that shouldn’t hinder my ability to believe in Christ and to still participate in activities such as church and chapel and being a part of that atmosphere,” says Mynard. “I enjoyed that atmosphere I enjoyed being in that small religious school.”
ACLU’S Ryan Kiesel says, “Looking through the code that groups her marriage and who she is along with activities like drug use, alcohol use, pornography, sexual misconduct does make your head spin a little bit given that we live in 2014.”
In most instances private religious universities have a protected right to discriminate based on their beliefs, but that’s not always the case. That’s where Ryan Kiesel and the ACLU come in.
Even if legal action cannot be taken he says he hopes Mynard’s story will change the hostile environment SCU has created.
Kiesel says, “My hope is that the university will take a very long hard look at what they`ve done here and at the very least think about acting differently in the future.”
Mynard says, “All the work I’ve done at the university has been for nothing.”